PUTMAN CO., Ind. (ADAMS) – Over $2 million dollars worth of cocaine is seized by police in Putnam County. A state trooper pulled over a semi tractor-trailer for motor carrier inspection on I-70 Sunday evening.
The trooper called in a canine after detecting criminal indicators. After the canine smelled illegal drugs, police found 115 pounds of cocaine in the truck.
The driver was arrested and charged with felony dealing narcotics and possession of narcotics.
Indiana State Police released the following:
On January 9, at approximately 5:45 p.m., an Indiana State Police Trooper stopped a semi tractor-trailer for a motor carrier inspection on Interstate 70 near the forty-one mile marker. The driver was identified as Vikram Sandhu, age 32, of Queens, New York. During the conversation with Sandhu, criminal indicators were detected. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department canine was called for assistance. A positive canine alert for the odor of illegal drugs led to the search of the semi tractor-trailer.
During the search, the trooper discovered approximately 115 pounds of cocaine which was located in the sleeper berth. The estimated street value of the cocaine is two million dollars. Sandhu was traveling from Houston, Texas, to Indianapolis, Indiana.
Sandhu was taken into custody and transported to the Putnam County Jail where he is currently being detained.
Arrest and *Charges: Vikram Sandhu, 32, New York
Dealing Narcotics, Level 2 Felony
Possession of Narcotics, Level 3 Felony
*Indiana State Police remind that all charges are merely allegations, and all criminal defendants should be presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.